Hon. Mrs. Justice Marriam Mutebi Bah-Matandala is Judge of the High Court. She was appointed Judge of the High Court on 14th July, 2021. Justice Bah-Matandala holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia, a master’s in Business Administration – International degree from the Edith Cowan University, Perth in Australia and has a Diploma in Legislative Drafting from Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE). She got admitted to the bar on 23rd November, 2006.
Prior to her current appointment, Justice Bah-Matandala served as a Deputy Chief State Advocate at the National Prosecutions Authority from June 2014 to the year 2021. Prior to this appointment she has served in various positions in the National Prosecutions Authority and in the Ministry of Justice. These include State Advocate, Assistant Senior State Advocate, and Senior State Advocate in the then Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 2005 to 2012. Justice Bah-Matandala whilst working in the Ministry of Justice worked in the following Departments, in the Administrator General and Official Receiver’s Office, in the Legal Aid and in the Civil Litigation and Prerogative of Mercy Departments. Justice Bah-Matandala also served as an Assistant Learner Legal Officer in the Zambia Revenue Authority in the year 2002 to 2004.
Justice Bah-Matandala has served as a Technical Member representing the National Prosecutions Authority on the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Enhanced Justice Delivery (PLEED) a programme funded by the European Union, where she pioneered an initiative known as Cooperation, Co-ordination and Communication Initiative (CCCI) of criminal justice stakeholders for the proper delivery of Justice for all, a member of Witness Management Fund Committee, Chairperson for the National Anti-Corruption Implementation Policy Plan and a member of National Dialogue Forum where she served as the Secretary to one of the Committees of the Forum.
Justice Bah-Matandala is a Lecturer and Marker at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education and has served as a Focal Point Person for the Great Lakes Judicial Cooperation Network for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), this Network is a tool to connect member state national Focal Point Persons in judicial cooperation and to facilitate access to legislation and statistics of the member countries
Justice Bah-Matandala is a member of the Zambia Association of Women Judges.